Michael Lucey specializes in French literature and culture of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. He also teaches regularly about nineteenth and twentieth-century British and American literature and culture, the novel in particular. Other areas of interest include sexuality studies; social and literary theory; cultural studies of music.

Publications include: Never Say I: Sexuality and the First Person in Colette, Gide, and Proust (Duke University Press, 2006); The Misfit of the Family: Balzac and the Social Forms of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2003); Gide’s Bent: Sexuality, Politics, Writing (Oxford University Press, 1995). The Misfit of the Family has been translated into French as Les ratés de la famille (Fayard, 2008). He has recently completed a book project titledSomeone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities in French Literature from Colette to Hervé Guibert, which continues the kinds of analysis  begun in Never Say I. His current project is called Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels: The Novel Form and Language-in-Use. (Ph.D., Princeton University).